Fresh blood for o’seas b.o.

Auds reach for 'Road,' 'XXX', 'Stitch'

Auds in Germany and Spain gravitated to “Road to Perdition” last weekend while folks in Scandinavia were charmed by “Lilo & Stitch,” Brazilians went nuts for “XXX” and Aussies and Japanese fell for “Insomnia.”

“The Bourne Identity” reigned in the U.K., “Signs” mesmerized Holland, and “Minority Report” wowed Russia. Still, despite that injection of fresh blood, the B.O. languished in some European markets and Japan as one U.S. distrib noted, “With no day-and-date releases, no single title is really punching up business.”

Using the Venice fest as its launching pad, “Road to Perdition” took top spot in yet another blah frame in Germany, capturing $1.48 million on 520 screens. The Tom Hanks starrer landed in Spain at No. 2 (trailing the soph session of “Men in Black II”), making $1.5 million on 280.

The Sam Mendes-helmed gangster saga was just fair in Thailand (pocketing $113,000 on 50) and Singapore ($109,000 on 25), and dipped by a reasonable 36% in Mexico, minting $2.4 million in 10 days.

“Lilo & Stitch” whistled up $475,000 on 123 in Sweden (on par with “Shrek”), $395,000 on 64 in Norway (Disney’s second biggest toon debut behind “Monsters, Inc.”) and $200,000 on 61 in Denmark. Its cume is a juicy $61.3 million, with Australia, the U.K. and Japan ahead.

‘XXX’ races ahead

Sony/Revolution Studios’ “XXX” stole $990,000 on 391 in Brazil, the market’s fifth-highest entry ever. Vin Diesel vehicle notched the second biggest take of all time in the United Arab Emirates, behind “Spider-Man,” snaring $359,000 on 24. It’s still No. 1 in Taiwan, revving up $821,000 in nine days (off just 25%).

Al Pacino/Robin Williams starrer “Insomnia” took pole position Down Under, eyeing $815,000 on 171, and in Japan with $1.4 million on 194. Thriller eased by 27% in the U.K. for an impressive $4.1 million in 10 days.

“Signs” harvested $795,000 on 102 in Holland, BVI’s third-best opening behind “The Sixth Sense” and “Unbreakable,” and fell by a mere 22% in Sweden, collecting $1.3 million in 10 days. Its cume is a healthy $22.2 million in 22 markets, mostly small fry except Australia.

In its first Euro engagement after blitzing Taiwan, “Bourne Identity” commanded $3.3 million on 425 in Blighty, including sneaks. Matt Damon starrer also looked sharp in the Philippines with $330,000 on 66.

“Minority Report” conquered Russia to the tune of $985,000, Fox’s second best opening behind “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones.” The sci-fi thriller’s cume reached $95 million from just 40% of international markets, and with most of Continental Europe and Japan on the horizon, conceivably could double that.

“Men in Black II” levitated to $221.7 million, buoyed by Spain’s $7.2 million in 10 days, despite a typical 48% plunge. “Mr. Deeds” conjured up a dandy $886,000 on 271 in Mexico, behind Sony’s local phenom “The Crime of Father Amaro,” which towers at $13.4 million through its fourth chapter. Adam Sandler starrer ranked first in New Zealand with $254,000 on 45.

“Austin Powers in Goldmember” boogied along to $47.8 million in 23 markets, including the U.K.’s $35.6 million and Japan’s solid $5.5 million in 16 days.

No rally for ‘Ali’

Hit British comedy “Ali G Indahouse” ventured to Germany, where the title character isn’t well known, mustering a tepid $1 million on 517. “The Importance of Being Earnest” struck a chord in the U.K., fetching $850,000 on 215.

“Stuart Little 2” topped $57 million, helped by Singapore’s tasty $313,000 on 38, Germany’s respectable $3.1 million in 11 days (down 38%) and Italy’s $1.1 million in 10 days (slipping 25%). “Return to Never Land” drew an OK $560,000 on 165 in Italy, sending its cume to a handy $30.5 million, with Germany and Japan to come.

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